Awesome Octopus

Run Octopus, Run!

Run Octopus, Run!

We’re so used to seeing octopi swimming, we sometimes forget that they can use their tentacles to walk too. Though in the case of this extraordinary cephalapod, he’s in a hurry and chooses to run to his destination. We just want to put this video on a loop and use it as our wallpaper.

Making an Octopus from Tires

Making an Octopus from Tires

Artist Blake McFarland previously showed off his sculpting skills by making a lion and a tiger out of tires. This time, he created an awesome-looking octopus by creating a steel, foam, and fiberglass form, then wrapping it in old bike tires. The glass eyes by artist Becca Barnet help bring it to life.

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Mantis Shrimp vs. Octopus

Mantis Shrimp vs. Octopus

Octopi thrive on shellfish and other small sea creatures. But when an octopus thinks it can gobble down a mantis shrimp, it gets quite the surprise from the powerful crustacean. Nat Geo WILD captured this amazing footage of the terrifying shrimp as it protects itself and delivers blow after blow on its eight-legged foe.

Making a Bike Chain Octopus

Making a Bike Chain Octopus

WorksByaHurst asks his followers to send in random items for him to build things from. When he received a box full of old bicycle parts, the idea that struck him was to turn the chains into the tentacles and body of an octopus. While he was working on it, all we could think of was those creepy Sentinels from The Matrix.

Making Working Doc Ock Arms

Making Working Doc Ock Arms

In the world of Spider-Man, Dr. Otto Octavius (better known as Doc Ock) has been augmented with a set of mechanical tentacles he uses for nefarious purposes. JLaservideo teamed up with a few internet friends to design and build a working tentacle backpack, and then gave it mind-control capabilities.

Oktopus Blue Sea Watch

Oktopus Blue Sea Watch
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Swiss-Danish watchmaker Linde Werdelin teamed up with James Thompson of Black Badger to create this stunning limited-edition automatic dive watch. It features a lightweight aerospace-grade ALW case, and a multi-layer glowing blue dial that gets more saturated as your environment gets darker. It’s waterproof to 300 meters.

NYT Reef Octopus Print

NYT Reef Octopus Print
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Bern, Switzerland illustrator Jared Muralt created this wondrous image of a mythical giant octopus for The New York Times’ Kids Edition. Now you can hang a copy of the artwork on your wall. The offset print measures 836mm x 483mm (~32.9″ x 19.0″) and would look fantastic in any nautically-themed space.

Octopus Dreaming

Octopus Dreaming

We already know that octopi are incredibly smart creatures. What we don’t know is if their big brains dream like ours. In this fascinating footage from Nature on PBS, we witness a octopus changing colors as she sleeps, while the narrator imagines what she might be dreaming about.

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

Hundreds of millions of years ago, the earliest ancestors of cephalopods like squids rose up from the ocean floor, donning a hard shell. PBS Eons explores the evolutionary adaptations that caused the squid to shed its protective outer covering to improve its mobility.

Navy Yard Sea Monster

Navy Yard Sea Monster

Artists FilthyLuker and Pedro Estrellas of Designs In Air bring old buildings to life by filling them with monsters. Their latest installation features an inflatable sea creature with 20 tentacles sticking out of Building 611 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. See it in person through 11/16/18.

Ocho the Octopus

Ocho the Octopus

Puppeteer and performance artist Tim Davies shows off his latest creation – a gigantic inflatable octopus puppet with articulated tentacles. It measures more than 13 feet high and 22 feet wide, yet has soft and smooth movements despite its size. More here.

Octopus Gripper Robot

Octopus Gripper Robot

Robotics company Festo developed this incredible appendage that mimics the movements and suction abilities of an octopus tentacle. It can grab and hold onto objects that might challenge other robots. It attaches to the end of their bendy Bionic Motion Robot.

Googly-eyed Stubby Squid

Googly-eyed Stubby Squid

“It’s like some little kid dropped their toy.” A team of oceanic researchers on the E/V Nautilus came across this unusual sea creature while on a mission, but rather getting all serious and sciency, they spent their time poking fun at the little guy’s looks.

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Octopus Lantern

Octopus Lantern
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This bronze-finished iron and aluminum centerpiece has our favorite cephalopod keeping the place lit up with a set of three lanterns dangling from his tentacles. Just put a 3 pc. suit on him and nobody will suspect a thing. Measures 18″L x 13-1/2″W x 14-3/4″H.

Sculpting an Octopus

Sculpting an Octopus

Polymer clay artist Stephanie K. PetitPlat builds an intricate sculpture of an octopus protecting a coral reef in this two-part time-lapse. The texturing on the body is fantastic, and those teensy suckers are amazing. The finished sculpture is available in her shop.

Giant Octopus Kite

Giant Octopus Kite

Footage of one of the most epic kites we’ve ever seen take to the skies – Facebooker Erich Chew posted this clip of a fantastic flying octopus near Singapore’s Marina Barrage dam. The way it moves kind of reminds us of those Sentinel robots from The Matrix.

Opiuo Grassroots Fitted Cap

Opiuo Grassroots Fitted Cap
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Whether or not you’re familiar with Australian electro funk musician Opiuo, you can appreciate the awesome octopus tentacle embroidery on this fitted ballcap, designed to promote his album Meraki. We dig the cool geometric pattern wrapped around the entire cap.

The Octopus Typewriter

The Octopus Typewriter

Artist Courtney Brown envisions a fantastic typewriter that can type for itself, courtesy of its eight tentacles. Titled “Self Organization,” the sculpture was made from a 1938 Underwood and intricately shaped bronze, and took top prize at the 2015 California Sculpture SLAM.

Kraken T-Shirt

Kraken T-Shirt
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Hey man, what’s Kraken? This awesome t-shirt, that’s what. Derek Brennan designed this fantastic all-over image of the deadly sea beast as it descends on an approaching fleet. Each dye-sublimated shirt is hand-crafted to order.

Iron and Glory Octopus Accessories

Iron and Glory Octopus Accessories
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Our friends at Iron and Glory are offering up a series of cool accessories, each embellished with a friendly, yet imposing octopus. Choose from a leather wallet, moleskine journal cover, a stainless lighter, coasters, trays, stainless mugs, flasks, and some super cool pint glasses.

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An Octopus Carrying a Coconut

An Octopus Carrying a Coconut

It’s not often that you see an octopus carrying things around, but when you do, it’s kind of silly looking. A diver spotted one of the eight-legged sea creatures awkwardly trying to carry two halves of a coconut shell. It’s like Octodad IRL.

Octopus, What Octopus?

Octopus, What Octopus?

Jonathan Gordon was taken aback while snorkeling in the caribbean, as he stumbled onto this octopus and its amazing innate abilities to blend into its surroundings. It’s exactly like the plot of Octodad, but not.

Octopus Opens Jar

Octopus Opens Jar

There is nothing common about this octopus, as it shows its smarts and dexterity when presented with a crab inside a glass jar. Later, it manages to enjoy its meal from inside of a beaker, and cram itself into a octopus habitrail.

Black Octopus Cufflinks

Black Octopus Cufflinks
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Pretend you’re a member of a secret society of supervillains with these inky black stainless steel cufflinks, made up in the shape of the mysterious tentacled cephalopod. Matching supervillain chair sold separately.

Octopus Wants Camera

Octopus Wants Camera

What is it with octopi and their interest in cameras? While filming off the coast of Carmel, California, divers David Malvestuto and Warren Murray encountered one cephalopod who really wanted a camera, and didn’t want to let go.

Octopus Escape Artist

Octopus Escape Artist

Camouflage isn’t the only skill the mighty octopus possesses. Watch as this cephalopod squeezes its massive body out of a tiny hole in the side of this boat. (Thanks Daniel!)

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